Surfbird Aphriza virgata

Identification Tips:

Adult alternate:

Adult basic:

Similar species:

Turnstones are also small shorebirds with short bills that inhabit rocky coasts. In basic plumage, turnstones have slimmer bills and different colored legs (blackish in Black and orange/red in Ruddy). In flight, the Surfbird lacks the white patches in the back and inner wings that the turnstones have. Wandering Tattler and Rock Sandpiper have longer, slimmer bills.